Greater Manchester

Total number of scaleups

No. by employee growth

No. by turnover growth

No. by employee and turnover growth

Total employees

Total turnover

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Employee Growth

The Hut Group
The Hut Group operates a range of e-commerce websites and has also developed e-commerce software that it licenses to other online retailers.

ao.com sells home electrical appliances including kitchen, laundry and home entertainment systems via their online store.

Warburtons produces a range of bakery products, including bread, teacakes and wraps.

Boohoo operates an online fashion retail company that designs its own clothes and sells them through a range of brands.

PayStream has developed a range of services such as ‘My PSC’ which help recruitment agencies and contractors manage their administration and accounting issues.

Top 5 Visible Scaleups by Turnover Growth

Leisure Lakes Bikes
Leisure Lakes Bikes operates a number of stores and a website selling bikes and cycling equipment.

Finance & Legal
Finance & Legal provides insurance products for solicitors, covering legal expenses.

Ripe Thinking
Ripe Thinking provides customisable insurance policies.

PP O’Connor
PP O’Connor provides a variety of construction and engineering services, specialising in civil engineering, demolition, earthworks, waste management and aggregate production.

MB Heating
MB Heating provides property developers with contractural plumbing and heating system installation services.

Local LEP ScaleUp Programmes

Scaleups across the Greater Manchester region draw on a range of programmes, many of which provide carefully targeted support for different sectors. Global Scaleup is a significant programme that takes high growth businesses across a range of sectors through a four-stage process (Onboarding, International Growth Sprints, Bootcamps, International Visit) to increase their global footprint. Each business is assigned a dedicated account manager. Recipe4Success is package of support specifically tailored to pre-start and early-stage SMEs in the food and drink industry. It is designed to help businesses diversify and create more channels, building on the rise of localism and restaurant ‘experiences’. The programme has responded to the need for innovation in the industry by including new topics such as Future Trends.
Other existing programmes continue to help local businesses achieve rapid growth. Exceed – a nine-month programme designed to help businesses with 10+ staff in the digital, creative and tech sectors achieve rapid growth – has now supported 28 businesses, creating new £1.2m revenue as well as new jobs. The Creative Scaleup programme has been further developed to include a new investor knowledge pack, a recruitment programme and bespoke tools for potential investors. Another sector specific programme, STEP INto Healthcare helps scaleups achieve growth in the life sciences market.

Scaleup Views

The key barriers to growth are Talent , Markets and Finance. They are looking for support through Innovate UK, Public sector funding for innovation/R&D, LEPs/Growth Hubs and Local or national government.

Top barriers to growth

  1. Talent
  2. Markets
  3. Finance

want TO SEE more of:

  • Innovate UK
  • Public sector funding for innovation/R&D
  • LEPs/Growth Hubs
  • Local or national government

Global Scale up is working closely with the Mayor’s International Business programme to create more opportunities for Greater Manchester scale ups with further collaboration planned. The Creative Scale-up programme is recruiting for its fourth cohort and a Creative Leaders Festival is planned for 2022. The programme is also looking at a trade mission to encourage exports. STEP INto Healthcare programme is currently delivering cohort eighteen with a further cohort planned before the programme ends in December 2021.